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This Day in History (1961): Company operations to be placed on 40-hour week

Plan was presented to King Sa’ud during his visit to inaugurate the new Dammam Port.

This Day in History (1961): Company operations to be placed on 40-hour week

From the Aug. 23, 1961, edition of the Sun and Flare

Company operations will be placed on a five-day 40-hour work week beginning Sept. 1, Norman Hardy, chairman of the Board of Aramco, has announced.


Hardy made the announcement in connection with the visit to the Eastern Province of H.M. King Sa'ud, who was in the area to open the port extension at Dammam. In a statement over Channel No. 2 last Thursday evening, Hardy said: "On behalf of Aramco, it gives me pleasure to extend a sincere welcome to His Majesty for his visit to the Eastern Province and to welcome a visit of H.R.H. Amir Faisal ibn Turki ibn 'Abd al-'Aziz, which occurred last week and during which His Royal Highness inspected the operations of the company in the Eastern Province.


"The company is pleased to announce, as a result of talks with His Majesty King Sa'ud ibn 'Abd al-'Aziz, and His Royal Highness Faisal ibn Turki ibn 'Abd al-'Aziz, Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, that it will institute a five-day 40-hour work week.


"In view of the fact that this new arrangement requires time to prepare necessary details, including special work schedules, implementation thereof will start Sept. 1, 1961."


Caption for top photo: His Majesty King Sa'ud ibn 'Abd al-'Aziz cuts the bright green ceremonial ribbon symbolizing the opening of the $15 million King 'Abd al-'Aziz Port at Dammam. The new facilities, which were completed July 1, give the port a berthing capacity of six deep-water ships simultaneously. The old part could accommodate two ocean-going vessels at the finger pier located seven miles out in the Gulf. Aramco presented its 40-hour work plan to the King while he was visiting.


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